Harrisburg-area commuters should expect delays

HARRISBURG – Motorists traveling on Interstate 83 near Harrisburg should expect congestion and significant delays through the ongoing reconstruction project east of the city. PennDOT urges motorists to avoid the area through Wednesday.

A PennDOT contractor is restricting traffic to a single lane in both directions of I-83 from south of Union Deposit Road (Exit 48) to the I-81/I-83 split to shift traffic to the newly constructed portion of the highway.

Southbound I-83 will be restricted to a single lane until the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 22. Northbound I-83 will be restricted to a single lane until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23.

There will be major delays while lane restrictions are in place. Motorists should seek alternate routes. Those approaching the corridor should watch for stopped or slow-moving traffic.

Once the shift is complete, southbound I-83 traffic will be placed on the newly constructed outside lanes. There will be stop conditions at the westbound Route 22 ramp to southbound I-83, and from Union Deposit Road to southbound I-83.

Northbound I-83 will be shifted to the newly constructed outside lanes from the southern end of the project (Mile 47.5) to just north of Exit 48, where traffic will experience a major shift back to the inside lanes where traffic will remain through the northern end of the project.

This long-term shift will last until late spring or early summer and will allow the contractor to access and begin demolishing two bridges over the winter while the northbound section of the project is being completed.

The ramp from Union Deposit Road to northbound I-83 will remain in a stop condition.

This work is part of the $104,747,344 interstate reconstruction contract that was awarded to J.D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County, and includes widening and rebuilding a 2.77-mile section of I-83 east of the City of Harrisburg from just south of Exit 48 for Union Deposit Road, through Exit 50 for U.S. 22 (Colonial Park/Progress), to Exit 51 for Interstate 81.

The structure work on the project includes the replacement and widening of the existing mainline bridges at Valley Road as well as three other locations, widening the existing culvert at Slotznick Run, and construction of new retaining walls as well as new sound walls in the residential areas.

The project is scheduled to wrap up in 2021.

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